A family group gathers at the magnificent house of patriarch and expert in mind games Helge (Stephen Moore) for a black-tie dinner to celebrate his 60th birthday. He is a successful restaurateur/hotelier with a beautiful wife Else played by Jane Asher. Seemingly the only dark clouds on his horizon are his unpleasantly violent, racist son Michael, played with real vigour by Rory Kinnear; and the sadly mysterious recent death of his daughter Linda. The family is so close-knit that the business colleagues and domestic staff seem like members of a slightly extended version of it. Initially, this adds to the jollity of the occasion. Suddenly, as everybody sits down to dinner and the laudatory speeches commence, a distraught, heartbroken son, Christian (Johnny Lee Miller), stands up to speak. By the time he has completed his accusations of incest and rape against his father, nothing can ever be the same again.
The play is directed by Rufus Norris and written by David Eldridge. It previewed on 15th September 2004 and opened on 23rd September 2004, and it closed on 16th April 2005 at the Lyric Theatre in London.
Cast & Crew
|Christian||Jonny Lee Miller|
|Additional Costumes||Hilary Marschner|
|Advertising and Graphics||Dewynters PLC|
|Assistant Costume Supervisor||Hattie Barsby|
|Assistant Director||Katrina Lindsay|
|Assistant Lighting Designer||Fiona Simpson|
|Automation Operator||Tom King|
|Casting Assistant||Anna Cooper|
|Casting Director||Maggie Lunn CDG|
|Company Stage Manager||Nick Mattingley|
|Costume Designer||Joan Wadge|
|Fight Director||Terry King|
|Lighting Designer||Jean Kalman|
|Lighting Hire||White Light Electrics Ltd.|
|Production Assistant||Linsay Hall|
|Production Assistant||Claire Millward|
|Production Carpenter||Peter Harkness|
|Production Carpenter||Brendan McEvoy|
|Production Carpenter||Lou Rosicky|
|Production Carpenter||Phil Umney|
|Production Carpenter||Maitland Wakefield|
|Production Electrician||Ellen Connolly|
|Production Electrician||Chris Cunningham|
|Production Electrician||Tim Oliver|
|Production Photography||Keith Pattison|
|Production Sound Engineer||Lee Dennison|
|Sound Designer||Paul Arditti|
|Sound Engineer||Mark Dunn|
|Sound Engineer||Tim Lynn|
|Sound Engineer||Simon Taylor|
|Sound provided by||Autograph Sound Recording|
|Voice Coach||Patsy Rodenburg|
|Wardrobe Mistress||Corrie Darling|
|Wardrobe Supervisor||Edward Gibbon|
- Added by Violet.
Based on the Dogme film and play by Thomas Vinterberg, Mogens Rukov and Bo hr. Hansen.
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